WEST CHESTER, PA — A Chester County jury this week convicted 20-year-old Cristian Brown of West Chester, Pennsylvania of multiple felony counts of possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility, announced the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.
“This was an extremely challenging case, given the horrifying nature of the images that were involved,” said Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan. “Each one of these images represents a real child victim who has been abused in the most vile and unimaginable ways. We thank all of those in law enforcement who continue to fight for justice on behalf of these vulnerable victims.”
According to the evidence presented in court, on May 24, 2021, the Chester County Detectives began an investigation based on information from the Delaware County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The ICAC Task Force received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that identified a user in possession of child pornography. Through their investigation, they obtained a username, email information, and internet protocol address (IP address) that led them to a residence in West Chester Borough, Chester County. They found that the account belonged to the defendant.
Investigators determined that the user of the IP address uploaded 2 images of child pornography that were viewed on May 8, 2021. On July 13, 2021, police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and seized 6 computer devices.
Computer forensic analysts found 700 images of child pornography on one of the computers used by the defendant. The entire library of images recovered depicted child victims between the ages of 2 and 14 years old who were sexually assaulted.
Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan commended the Chester County Detectives for the investigation which led to the successful prosecution of Brown. Assistant District Attorneys Sam Bonsall and Monica Szyszkiewicz prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.
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